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Photo Integration with Instagram

Elle Anderson
posted this on January 24, 2013 01:03 PM

How to connect your account:
To get started, go to the Settings page of your Strava account, on the right in the “Social Connections” section click “Connect with Instagram” and follow the instructions (more details can be found here). Any pictures you have already uploaded to Instagram from previous rides will populate in your activity feed as well as activity pages and on your profile! 
How it Works:
When you upload your activity, we look for photos in the activity's time window and they'll appear in the Activity Feed, and on Activity and Profile pages. You can document your prep, your run or ride, and your relaxing coffee while comparing Suffer Scores seamlessly. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What about my privacy on Strava?

Instagram integration has been built into our enhanced privacy settings. So if you have enhanced privacy turned on, only the athletes you've approved to follow you will be able to see your photos.

Will we ever support more than just Instagram as a photo service?

Possibly. We've started with Instagram due to its popularity, robust API, and design aesthetic. We'll start with Instagram and see how users respond.

I don't have an Instagram account. What should I do?

Get an Instagram account and join the fun!

What if I want to remove a photo from Strava?

Just click on the photo to view it in lightbox mode, and at the bottom right of the photo, you'll see a link labled 'Unlink from Strava'. The photo will be removed from Strava, but remain on Instagram.


What if my photos don't show up?

There are a couple of reasons your photos might not appear associated with an activity.

The first is that the upload time was outside of the window. Remember, we look 30 minutes before an activity, during it, and then 45 minutes after. So it's best to take photos and upload them to Instagram right away so you don't miss out! Keep in mind that this reflects the time that the photo was uploaded to Instagram - not the time that it was actually captured.

The second is a glitch in communication between Strava and the Instagram API. If you're not seeing photos appear, go to the activity page on which you expect to see your photos and after clicking the 'wrench' button, you'll see a 'Sync Instagram' button. Click that and we'll try to manually pull the photos.


My Account on Instagram is private, how do I get my photos to appear on Strava? 

If you've got a private Instagram account, you'll have to first share photos on Instagram before they can be shown on Strava. When taking and posting a photo to Instagram, just choose a network to share the photo to (Facebook or Twitter, for example). If you don't want to share your photos to Facebook or Twitter, you can share them via email, and simply send them to yourself. Photos that are shared are then available with a public URL and can be seen by Strava. 

If you're going back in your Instagram photo history and find an older photo you want to make available, click the photo options (ellipsis) button on Instagram and then click "Share Photo." Then select a social network on which to share your photo. If the photo was uploaded within a time window for an activity, then it will appear on Strava.  

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